How many push-ups do you think Jon Stewart can do? Watch this web-exclusive Daily Show video and find out. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s more than I can do.)
The plain white Nintendo Wii got a much needed paint job thanks to talented artist Oskunk. Check out more of his excellent custom creations here.
Wheatley has come to life thanks to the custom work done by Chris Hooton of Sabertooth’s Workshop. This cool little 7” Portal 2 light up toy is now up for auction at Chris’ eBay page (current bid is $150).
Via: Super Punch
Suddenly, we love data. It’s the hero in our TV shows, saves our baseball teams, generates our art, and is the topic of the moment at Davos. Our obsession borders on religion: we believe data is infallible, containing a single, emergent truth (the Guardian’s Datablog’s subtitle is “Facts are Sacred”). If our businesses or institutions are failing we say they need more data.
But when we embrace “Big Data” we neglect the operations and environments we hope the data will improve. Which is unfortunate because data’s value is determined by how well we capitalize on the intelligence it produces. If a film studio identifies a new trend they’re limited by how long a film takes to produce. If a retail outlet discovers that peanut butter buyers can also be sold bananas, they’re limited by how quickly employees can rearrange shelves.
Adding more data to the mix doesn’t help if infrastructures aren’t upgraded. If we ignore the systems we aim to improve, the data we crave is worth only a fraction of its potential value.
For those of us investing in or producing data, the bottleneck is our users, culture, and infrastructure. We’d be wise to learn from examples in other fields and scenarios. Take Dubai, for instance, where skyscrapers sprung up while sewage systems stagnated.
No One Wants their Name on a Sewer
Dubai’s record-setting skyline emerged over the last decades, fueled by rising fuel prices. Wikipedia lists 195 skyscrapers built or under construction in the once quiet city, whose population has more than quintupled in the last 30 years.
But all is not rosy: while the skyline was funded the sewage system was ignored. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal wrote, “By one estimate, some $300 billion in new projects are going up in Dubai in the next 10 years… But Dubai’s single, 30-year-old sewage-treatment plant isn’t keeping up. Sewage output here is rising by 25% a year.” The 160-floor Burj Khalifa alone was designed to house 25,000 people, nearly a 10th of Dubai’s total population when their sewage treatment plant was built.
Susana Soares’s design work is as fascinating as the science behind it:
Scientific research has demonstrated that bees have an extraordinarily acute sense of smell and can be trained to perform health checks by detecting a specific odour in peoples’ breath.
The project consists in a series of alternative diagnostic tools that use bees to diagnose accurately at an early stage of a vast variety of diseases.
Could this revolutionise medicine as we know it?
That’s right! Jada will be making Halo 4 die-cast vehicles and characters. we have no pictures of the die-casts but we do know that they were showcasing them off in a hidden room where no pictures were aloud to be took. “There were two Forerunner characters and some type of Forerunner flying vehicle”. Sounds good to me what do you think?
Solitude; as seen in The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim
Minecraft builder ChemicalWeapons hits you hard with this stunning recreation of Solitude, as seen in The Elder Scrolls Skyrim. He’s done an excellent job getting all the shops and homes, even the Blue Palace, down pat!
“Our deepest, most sincere apologies go out to spectators, to participants, and especially to the family and friends of Kim Clijsters, who was last spotted by Royal Australian Air Force radar falling down through the atmosphere following an ill-advised jump serve.”